At The Fear Beneath one of our favorite blogs is Outposts, written by Pete Thomas. Pete covers hiking, surfing, fishing, and the great outdoors in Southern California; he's picked up on the Volusia County Shark Attacks with an article titled "Florida: Summer of the Shark II." We were (as always) delighted to see a mention of The Fear Beneath and our coverage of all the Volusia … [Read more...]
23 SHARK ATTACKS IN ONE YEAR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
BREAKING NEWS With shark attack number 23 on an unidentified surfer Sunday, Volusia County has set the record for the most shark attacks in one year, breaking the previous record of 22 bites in the year 2001 (for which Volusia County was given the dubious distinction of being the Shark Attack Capital of the World.) The (currently) unidentified man was surfing just south … [Read more...]
Zero Coverage of Volusia County Shark Attacks in 2008
Mark Lane asks the same questions we've been asking for weeks here at The Fear Beneath; with a record-tying 22 shark attacks in Volusia County this year, where is the media? Have they suspended their coverage of shark attacks as a public safety issue? When Volusia County sets the record for shark attacks in a single year, will the news media finally wake up? Mark points out … [Read more...]
Sharks Attack Two Surfers in Volusia County
The Volusia County Government has achieved an almost farcical inability to keep their beach users safe. The Beach Safety website has ZERO mention of the obvious dangers posed by sharks in Volusia County waters. The Fear Beneath never received a response from Volusia County Beach Safety Director Kevin Sweat - perhaps it's time to move up the chain of command if we want answers … [Read more...]
Volusia County Beach Safety: No Comment?
After shark attack #18 in Volusia County this year, we called out the government in Volusia County and New Smyrna Beach. Now, after attack #19 and the fourth shark attack in New Smyrna Beach in thirteen days, we're requesting some accountability or at the least, an explanation. Is anything being done to address an issue that's clearly a problem? The following email was … [Read more...]
FOUR SHARK ATTACKS IN TWO WEEKS: NEW SMYRNA BEACH!!!
New Smyrna Beach continues to earn its reputation as the Shark Attack Capital of the World NEW SMYRNA BEACH An off-duty 19-year-old lifeguard was bitten on the foot Thursday by a shark in the waters off New Smyrna Beach, officials said. Thomas Gold was surfing when he was bitten on his left foot, said Scott Petersohn of Volusia County Beach Patrol. Gold suffered … [Read more...]
Shark Attack epidemic continues in New Smyrna Beach
NEW SMYRNA BEACH Beach Patrol and emergency medical officials responded to the Ponce de Leon Inlet this morning to treat Volusia County’s 18th shark bite of the year. Capt. Scott Petersohn said he had no details immediately available about the incident other than it occurred near the jetty. The bite comes less than a week after an unidentified New Smyrna Beach man was … [Read more...]